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Second Life Technical Requirements

Hardware Requirements | Computer Requirements

Students taking an online UTPA Second Life course must meet these COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS and HARDWARE in order to successfully participate in a Second Life classroom.

Hardware Requirements

  • Headset
    • Ask your instructor if you will be required to communicate through voice in Second Life.
    • If so:
      • If your computer has a built in mic, then all you need is headphones.
      • If in campus, you will need to purchase a headset.
  • Broadband internet connection.

Audio Setup:

headset Some relatively inexpensive (under $20) headsets are available at retail stores like Best Buy, Circuit City, Wal-Mart, etc.

Your computer usually has color coded plugs for connecting headsets. Connect pink with pink and green with green. The plugs are usually located in the back of the computer and most modern computers have front access as well. They will look something like this:

Audio Jacks

Your headset may also be color coded and look similar to the ones shown below:


If your headset does not have color coded plugs you can usually identify which plug is for what by the logo on the end of the plug. The microphone can be identified by the following logo Microphoneand plugs into the pink jack behind your computer. The headphones can be identified with the following logo Headphonesand plug into the green jack behind your computer.

Phone headsets have been found not to work in Second Life!

Testing Your Headset:

Once you have made sure your headset is plugged in correctly you are ready to run a test on your headphones and microphone.

For XP:

xp headset

Click on

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Sounds and Audio Devices and click the "Voice" Tab.
  • Make sure the appropriate device is selected for both playback and recording.


For Vista:


vista headset2

Click on

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Hardware and Sounds then Manage audio devices
  • and click the "Playback" Tab and “Recording” Tab.
  • Make sure the appropriate device is selected for both playback and recording.


Computer Requirements

For a complete list of System Requirements (PC, Mac & Linux) for Second Life please visit the website provided hereSystem Requirements


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